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OUTSIDE WOOD STOVES TO HEAT HOUSE
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Marie    Posted 10-10-2002 at 13:07:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Does anyone on this list have one? I have a Taylor
wood stove outside to heat the house. Husband let water run low, now the pump doesn't pump the hot water in the house. Could there be an air lock? We bled the system, at least he thinks he bled it all out. After that, the pump still doesn't send the hot water to the house. Anyone with any ideas???
Thanks for any help,
Marie


TB    Posted 10-10-2002 at 17:26:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
See if there is a hose bib in the same pipe close to circulator. If so hook guardian hose to it and put other end in bucket. Turn on system fill then open the valve on the hose. Run water several minutes the air lock should work its way out. You will be able to see the bubbles it the bucket.


BOSS    Posted 10-10-2002 at 16:36:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mine had the same problem, and it was an airlock. I thought I got it out but I didn't. I called the heating place and they told me how to get the airlock out. unhok the waterhose going to you furnace, and put it into a 5 gallon bucket, it will take about 3-4 gallons for it to come out. I did what they said, and I was beginning to think it wasn't going to work and SPLASH !!!! the airlock shot right out. Now it did make quite a mess, water everywhere, but it worked.

You can try it, hope thats all it is.


Bob /Ont.    Posted 10-10-2002 at 13:28:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If the water got below the pump, it might have rusted up and siezed, make sure it is turning before you burn the motor out.
Later Bob


Marie    Posted 10-10-2002 at 13:38:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ok Bob, how do you go about do that. Husband is stumped, not very mechanical. My mind is digging at the possibilities.


Bob /Ont.    Posted 10-10-2002 at 13:57:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It aint eays from this distance Marie, but here goes.First check the fuse panel or reset panel, for a blown fuse, assuming they aren't marked. If they are marked, BONUS. I know nothing about your system but am just imagining here. You must have a thermostat in the house that turns the pump on and off when you need more heat or are up to temp, if the house is cold them that would be turned on. The thermostat should switch on a relay that would turn on the pump. It may have another control that will not let the pump start untill the water is hot too. Have you got the fire on in the stove now? Check for a fuse, change it, listen to the pump and see if it starts making a noise. Comon back and I will confuse you further.
Later Bob


Marie    Posted 10-10-2002 at 14:21:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Checked breaker switch, all was fine there. You are right, there is a thermostat in the house that regulates the pump coming on. The pump does come on, but it is not pumping hot water into the hose that comes into the house. The stove is filled with hot water, fire is in stove, pipe out of the back of the hot water stove is hot to the pump, from the pump on, the hose that comes into the house, is cold. Could the pump be just not working right now? Nothing could confuse us more at this point.

Marie


Bob /Ont.    Posted 10-10-2002 at 14:43:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]
That was good info Marie. Now the only thing I can think of is that there might be a Tap/Valve that is closed or the pump is not pumping. Is the water system fed from your house water system with a pressure regulater? You should have a pressure gauge to tell you what the system pressure is a relief valve to blow off and protect the system and a tank full of air to softem pressure spikes from blowing the relief valve. Make sure you have pressure in the system and the feed from your house water is on, then bleed your rads, let lots of water out and hopefully some air will come out too. Start with the lowest ones. Then go back and feel the pipes like before. See if heat moves up from the pump and how far. Comeon back.
Later Bob


DeadCarp - one other thing    Posted 10-10-2002 at 15:53:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Most recirculating pumps have an offest drain fitting just ahead of them. Not a bad thing cuz it likes to collect sediment. That thing can be used as its own cleanout too - unscrew the square plug and stand back - if nuthin comes out, poke in there with a bent coathangar. Should drain free. I just use car oil on the threads and it doesn't crud up and stick.




Marie    Posted 10-10-2002 at 15:50:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The water comes from the well, into the house, then a pressure tank. then it gets pumped through the house of course, and then a line leaves the pressure tank and goes outside under ground to the hot water stove. The pressure is fine in the house. The stove is filled to capacity with water. Now when the pump works on the outside stove, it sends hot water into the hose that comes into the house, and the hose travels under the floor,in the basement, up into each room, all in one continuous hose. No valves at each baseboard, one continuous hose, the baseboard is mainly just to cover the hose when it is up through the floor on the living level. That is why when we called the company, they said to bleed the system out at the stove where the hose comes back to the outside stove and enters back into the stove at the bottom. What confused my mind, is that the pump runs when I turn the thermostat up, but it is not feeding water into the hose to come into the house. When that happens, the pump gets hot and then shuts itself off. Could the pump be coming on but not working properly to send water to the house????
Thanks again,
Marie


Ron/PA    Posted 10-11-2002 at 07:06:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Marie, many of these pumps have separate motors, they are connected to the pump by a coupler, if this is the case, when the motor runs, see if you can tell if the pump is turning, if not it may be seized up, or maybe you just lost the coupler.
If there is a brand and model on your pump let me know and I will try to find out what it has.
Ron


Bob /Ont.    Posted 10-10-2002 at 16:14:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Marie if you have the system full of water and the stove hot and heat up to but not past the pump, something is blocked, like a line crushed under ground or some thing. Feeling the pipe/hose for heat is the best you can do to tell if you have water flow and I think you don't. If there is no valve that can shut the flow off I think the pump might not be pumping. If I where there I could do a few things that I will not tell you to do for your own safety. I think you are a long way away so you need a heating man to come over and help now, SORRY.
Later Bob


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